Pumpkin Crunch Bars {Easy Pumpkin Dessert Recipe}

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Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Pumpkin Crunch Bars is a wonderful pumpkin dessert recipe. These pumpkin pie bars have a shortbread crust. A touch of ground pecans is added in for a recipe for pumpkin crunch!

 

Pumpkin Crunch Bars

 

Pumpkin dessert recipes

I have a love-hate relationship with pumpkin. I love pumpkin dessert recipes like pumpkin pie and pumpkin rolls. However, when comes to pumpkin spiced lattes, I do not like them.

I rather have plain coffee and pumpkin dessert recipes to enjoy. That is just me, I love to eat something pumpkin than drink it.

 

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

 

Recipe for pumpkin crunch

I first had a recipe for pumpkin crunch at the annual Halloween party my friend throws. Her sister in law made these amazing pumpkin crunch bars.  Of course, I had to have that pumpkin recipe.

It was more than just pumpkin pie bars. There was a shortbread crust in this recipe for pumpkin crunch.  It really made for a great pumpkin dessert recipe.

 

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

 

Shortbread crust

Layer bars like this pumpkin pie bars might be intimidating because it is a 2 step baking process. You need to bake the shortbread crust first to firm it up so you can add the pumpkin layer.

The pecans in the shortbread crust just give the crunch in this recipe for pumpkin crunch. That is what makes these pumpkin crunch bars irresistible.

 

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

 

Pumpkin pie bars

These pumpkin pie bars are topped with a cream cheese drizzle. These Pumpkin Crunch Bars won’t last long. They are simply irresistible. 

The secret to doing these pumpkin pie bars like this is simple, take your time. These pumpkin pie squares with shortbread crust are actually easy.

 

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Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

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Pumpkin Crunch Bars
Yield: 12 bars

Pumpkin Crunch Bars Recipe

Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor. One bite and you will be in love.

Ingredients

Shortbread crust:

  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup ground pecans
  • 1⁄2 cup cold butter

Pumpkin filling:

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk

Cream Cheese Drizzle:

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese frosting
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of sugar, ground nuts, and flour
  2. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press into ungreased 13x9 baking pan.
  4. In a bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, salt, spices and 1 1/2 c sugar.
  5. Stir in milk and pour over crust.
  6. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for 50 to 55 minutes more or until filling is set.
  8. Cool on wire rack, then cover and refrigerate.

Cream Cheese Drizzle

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Place a metal bowl on the top the pot and add the white chocolate chips to bowl
  3. Add the cream cheese frosting to the bowl
  4. keep mixing until the ever thing is melted and smooth.
  5. Drizzle the cream cheese drizzle over the bars when they are cooled.
  6. Cut the bars up and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 40gProtein: 5g

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10 Comments
  • Ginny
    September 9, 2017

    Your lighting is fantastic! And I must say your pumpkin crunch bars aren’t too shabby either.

  • Emily
    September 10, 2017

    I love everything about these crunch bars, ginger, cinnamon, cloves….so festive and delicious!

  • Chrissie
    September 10, 2017

    Yum, these look really delicious!
    Chrissie

  • Julia
    September 10, 2017

    🙂 These pumpkin bars look delicious and easy to make! 🙂 Love your little bathroom story 🙂

  • Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    September 10, 2017

    I am always wondering what to do with pumpkin during the Halloween season and now I know. These pumpkin crunch bars look amazing

  • Amy @ The Cook Report
    September 10, 2017

    These look tasty, a different way of using pumpkin, love it!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    September 12, 2017

    These look amazing!!

  • Shelby
    September 13, 2017

    LOL I love your story….and I’m NOT mechanical either so big KUDOS for doing it yourself!

  • Rose
    September 15, 2017

    Pumpkin is healthy and delicious!

  • Olivia
    March 22, 2018

    PUMPKIN! I love pumpkin! These bars look amazing!